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Cary Town

Wake County, North Carolina

Cary Town Hall is located at 316 North Academy Street, Cary, NC 27513.
Phone: 919‑469‑4000.

Page-Walker Hotel

Photo: Page-Walker Hotel, ca. 1868, located at 110 Ambassador Street. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Photographed by User:Heavenly Hedgehog (own work), 2007, [cc-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed July, 2021.

Cary [1] is located in north central North Carolina, just southwest of the state capital at Raleigh. Today, Cary is situated in the middle of the state's 'Research Triangle' and is widely considered a good place to raise a family with its excellent schools and easy access to Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham. While the town has grown enormously since the end of World War II and the creation of the Research Triangle Park in 1959, the location, ease of transportation and education system have been Cary's defining character- istics throughout its history.


Beginnings [2]

Today's Cary began in the 1750s as a settlement called Bradford's Ordinary. About 100 years later, the construction of the North Carolina Railroad between New Bern and Hillsborough placed Bradford's Ordinary on a major transportation route. Soon after, Allison Francis Page, a Wake County farmer and lumberman, bought 300 acres of land nearby and established a sawmill, general store, and post office. He called his development Cary after Samuel Fenton Cary, an Ohio prohibitionist, abolitionist, and Congressman whom Page admired. The Town of Cary was incorporated on April 6, 1871.

In 1868, Page built a hotel to serve railroad passengers coming through Cary. Page sold the hotel to J. R. Walker in 1884; meals and rooms were available to travelers until 1916. It later became a private residence but by the mid-1980s had fallen into disrepair.

  1. Cary Historic Preservation Master Plan, 2011, www.townofcary.org, accessed July, 2021.
  2. Town of Cary, Citizens Guide to Services: 2010-2012, www.townofcary.org, accessed February, 2011.

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